More Downpours Soak Already Waterlogged W. Texas
UPDATED 9 PM CDT, July 16, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
Heavy rain and cool temperatures are making the week seem more like spring than summer in Texas and parts of the Southwest. The rain is chomping at precipitation deficits but also creating numerous flash flooding problems.
The rain continues to slowly ease through central Texas and along the Red River Valley into Oklahoma.
Coleman, Texas, has totaled more than 3 inches of rain today, with up to an inch from Childress to Ozona. Rain has totaled nearly a foot near Cisco, Texas, since the rain began Sunday.
Flash Flood Watches remain in place for southern and west Texas and southeastern New Mexico, including Laredo, Midland and Ft. Stockton, Texas, and Roswell, N.M.
Another area of rain is soaking southern Arizona where Flash Flood Watches are in effect. This includes areas east of Tucson, Ariz., and west of the Continental Divide. This includes Bisbee and Willcox, Ariz.
An upper-level low swirling in eastern New Mexico is responsible for sending moisture waves into Texas this week. The storms are tapping Gulf of Mexico moisture and squeezing it out as heavy downpours.
The low will only move about 200 miles southwest on Wednesday. This will bring more rain to the already saturated Texas Plains again Wednesday. Another 1 inch or so will fall in a short time across west Texas causing flash flooding problems. If you come across a flooded roadway, is best to remember this old adage, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown!"
The silver lining to all the rain is that it will help chip away at the ongoing drought
that has been plaguing New Mexico and west Texas. Abilene, Texas, was in a rainfall deficit this year but the record 1.67 inches today helped boost the city to a surplus of more than 4.50 inches. San Angelo, Texas, only has a deficit of 1.54 inches for the year compared to 2.28 inches just two months ago. Meanwhile, Austin, Texas, is only behind by 1.52 inches for the year.
The clouds and rain are also keeping temperatures well-below average. In fact, a few record low temperatures have been set in the Lone-Star State. Midland, Texas, tied its former record low of 63 degrees this morning. Amarillo, Texas, set a record low of 58 degrees today while Wichita Falls, Texas, had a record cold high temperature of 70 degrees, shattering 1973's record of 82 degrees for July 15.
Lows will drop into the 60s overnight with highs only in the 70s Wednesday. This is a far cry from average lows in the upper 70s and highs in the lower 90s. The thermometer will warm well into the 80s Thursday and to near 90 degrees in the same places by Friday as more sunshine returns.
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